Dec 4, 2012 4:00pm PST
forgets that president clinton raised taxes on the wealthy and created 22 million jobs. president bush cut taxes on the wealthy and created 1 million jobs. so his economic expertise is a little behind here. but the truth of the matter is, everybody voted in this election, the president said he would raise taxes on people earning over $250,000. that's what he's going to do. that's what's going to happen. he has the authority of an election behind him. running for office is a difficult thing to do, and the people that win the elections have a lot more moral authority than in a democracy than people who talk about elections. >> ryan, that does seem to be the point. republicans may not like it, but that wasn't what this election said american people want. the majority of them. >> i think it's certainly true you have a large number of americans, 60%, according to a "washington post" abc news poll who favor raising taxes on folks earning more than $250,000 a year. but there are a couple other things to keep in mind, as well. president obama often talks about returning to clinton era tax rates.
Dec 3, 2012 1:00pm PST
that rate to 39.6% where it was during the clinton administration. what else is in this new gop proposal? >> reporter: let's show you some of the savings when it comes to government spending. first of all, they put about $600 billion in what the republicans are calling health savings. we understand -- we don't have details. we understand much of that comes from medicare, things that we've heard from republicans over and over like raising the eligibility age, means testing, things like that. so then we have about $600 billion in essentially spending cuts, half from mandatory spending, half from discretionary spending. this is the other very interesting thing that's new. $200 billion from revising the consumer price index. that sounds very technical. but it has very real world consequences because it very much could affect the money, the checks that social security recipients in particular get every single month because it effectively changes inflation so it changes the formula from what they would get. >> significant differences between the white house proposal on this part of the equatio
Dec 4, 2012 5:00pm PST
across the table the way they did with bill clinton, the way they did with ronald reagan, and the way you get things done in washington, rather than saying hey, would you stick with grover norquist or would you not or would you address entitlements or not. i believe it's vital that we address the entitlements, who are the elephant in the room, but that would be up to the people who would be sitting across the table from each other. we cannot go over this fiscal cliff, no matter what people on both ends of the political spectrum say. i believe that there was a popularity poll in case you missed it where now members of congress rank just above car salespeople and i'm a great admirer of car salespeople, you know. it's not even astonishing and it angers me beyond belief, even journalists rank higher than members of congress. >> former senate majority leader george mitchell knows what it's like to be in the middle of the debate. he joins me now. senator mitchell, you more or less have been in john boehner's shoes. you were a congressional leader hammering out a tax and spending cut deal with t
Dec 2, 2012 1:00am PST
not a conformist. that's what makes you special. i want to ask you about -- men like david petraeus, bill clinton, they pay a big price for their "immoral" behavior. but you won by a significant margin. why do we say one thing and then do another? >> i don't believe that my election was anything about the morality issue. if you look at the mustang ranch in story county, it's a wonderful corporate citizen, a lot of giving, a lot of gifting, take care of the seniors and the kids and backpacks. when it came down to the bottom line of voting, the mustang ranch is a real positive in story county. as a matter of fact, the brothels in the rural counties are positives in the state. my election -- i was elected on a business platform. and for 45 years, i've developed four communities of 2,500 acres or larger. i'm a community builder. i've owned harley stores and marine stores. i've been a general contractor. >> you're a job creator? >> i'm a job creator, a community creator. so the folks here in story county look upon me as a business developer, as a community builder, a lot of revenue generated. and then